Rep. Sredzinski & House Republican Colleagues Call for Working Group to Address School Security & Safety


 HARTFORD – State Representatives JP Sredzinski (R-112) joined fellow State Representatives Carol Hall (R-59) and Brian Ohler (R-64) on Tuesday and announced their intention to convene a bipartisan working group focused on school security and safety in Connecticut at a press conference.

In the aftermath of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, FL, there has been discussion in Connecticut and across the country about school security among educators, students and parents. Rep. Sredzinski, the Ranking Member of the Public Safety & Security Committee, along with Reps. Hall and Ohler felt it appropriate to convene the working group focused on school security to begin addressing those concerns.

“I am committed to a robust evaluation of the effectiveness of current school security-focused legislation and programs, as well as a canvass of current attitudes, concerns, and trends in hardening schools,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “Having participated in a community conversation hosted by students at Masuk High School on National Walk Out Day, I heard firsthand the growing unease regarding the safety of students and faculty in our schools. This is not acceptable. I intend for this working group of experts and education stakeholders to explore a vast array of options for making progress in ensuring our learning environments are safe and productive.”

The legislators announced the following action items for the working group at the news conference:

  • Summarize current school safety legislation;
  • Measure school districts’ knowledge of current legislation;
  • Use and availability of existing state and federal funds;
  • Review of whether regulations and associated programs have been implemented;
  • Availability of school-based mental health professionals;
  • Parents’ knowledge and understanding of their district’s security measures;
  • Local educators’ view of the effectiveness of legislation and related programs;
  • Determine viability of school security measures installed years ago;
  • Identify new trends and techniques in school security;
  • Collect recent concerns of educators, students and law enforcement;
  • Determine what other states are doing

The legislators also intend to communicate with their districts, teachers, superintendents, and students to get feedback on what has been done, how things have changed and what they still feel needs to change.

Among the working group’s proposed participants:

  • Republican and Democrat legislators;
  • School superintendents;
  • Law enforcement personnel;
  • Mental health professionals for children.
  • Federal agency liaisons
  • School security consultants
  • Students and parents

The legislators spearheading the effort to create the working group have between them a diverse array of qualifications and experience working in the intersection of law enforcement and school campuses.

  • Rep. Carol Hall, founding member of Enfield’s school security committee;
  • Rep. JP Sredzinski of Monroe, ranking member of the Public Safety and Security Committee; 911 Dispatch Supervisor whose career has been in public safety
  • Rep. Brian Ohler of North Canaan, school safety consultant, U.S. Army military police veteran

“Today, we invite our Democratic colleagues to join us in this initiative. We hope this working group can become permanent, so we can make certain that our school districts are getting the best resources and guidance. We need to remain diligent in order to protect our most important assets, our children,” said the representatives.

Rep. Sredzinski Pushes for New Law Protecting First Responders


  HARTFORD State Representative J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) is advocating new hate crime legislation that would stiffen penalties for intimidating, harassing, or attacking another person because such other person is a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician. Rep. Sredzinski is a co-sponsor of HB 5227 and supported a similar measure last year, which seeks to discourage individuals from purposefully targeting first responders.

“I am passionate about this bill because it sends a message that the General Assembly seeks to protect first responders,” said Rep. Sredzinski, who serves as the Ranking Member on the Public Safety Committee. “We value the work of those who put their lives on the line and have to protect them from angry and cowardly individuals who want to harm them because of their jobs.

Rep. Sredzinski noted this law would not apply in instances of accidents, substance abuse cases, and where the mental health of an individual is a concern. HB 5227 applies to the malicious and intentional targeting of first responders.

“While this kind of violent crime is already a felony, the bill says clearly that targeting these people for assault is especially heinous and in a different league from other, more random assaults,” said Rep. Sredzinski.  “I will do everything I can to make police, firefighters, and EMS personnel as safe as possible.”

The bill received a public hearing in the Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, where it received support from paramedic and Stratford Emergency Services Director Michael Loiz.

“As EMS leaders, we must help our field providers understand that being targeted or attacked in EMS is not ‘just part of the job’ by supporting them and encouraging them to file police reports when attacks happen,” said Loiz. “Where this committee can help us is by supporting more stringent laws that create stricter penalties for those who would commit these crimes. This bill, in its current form, does exactly that.”

HB 5227 awaits action in the Public Safety Committee.

Rep. Sredzinski and Newtown Legislators to Host Pre-Session Update


NEWTOWN- State Reps. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112)  Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), and Will Duff (R-2) are inviting Newtown residents to a pre-session legislative update on the General Assembly session which begins on February 7th.  

The pre-session legislative update will be held Monday, January 29th from 6:30PM – 8:00PM at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library on 25 Main Street in Newtown.

 Please join the Newtown State House Delegation as they discuss the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session, ask any questions you have about potential legislation, or bring suggestions on how we can work together to make our state a better place to live.


The legislators ask that any constituents with questions ahead of the event call Reps. Bolinsky, Duff and Sredzinski at their State Capitol offices at 1-800-842-1423 or email,,,


Rep. Sredzinski to Hold Coffee and Conversation Opportunity in Monroe


MONROE State Rep. JP Sredzinski (R-112) invites his constituents to join him for a pre-session coffee and conversation on Thursday, January 25. This opportunity will be held at Last Drop Coffee Shop in Monroe from 8am until 9:30am.

Monroe residents should come prepared with questions and concerns about the upcoming legislative session, the recently-adopted state budget, pending legislation, and other issues they would like to hear addressed by their state representative.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to speak to Rep. Sredzinski may contact him at

Rep. Sredzinski Joins Fire/EMS Services Legislative Caucus


HARTFORD State Representative J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) participated in the inaugural meeting of the Fire/EMS Legislative Caucus on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The organizational meeting was attended by legislators as well as the first responders who are involved. The bipartisan caucus was founded in order to generate awareness about legislative initiatives that will ultimately help create better policies addressing public safety matters.

“The goal for the Fire/EMS Caucus is ultimately to provide legislators and other interested parties with more information about the public safety issues that the legislature takes up,” said Rep. Sredzinski, who serves as Ranking Member on the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. “It is my hope that this caucus can give members much-needed insight into pressing issues that may be difficult concepts to grasp for policymakers who may not have an emergency services background. I am eager to both share my experiences working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and gain valuable knowledge about other fields that I am less familiar with.”

Tuesday’s discussion primarily focused on funding. There are several public safety initiatives that are not adequately funded, such as the state’s fire training schools. According to Rep. Sredzinski, this is the type of scenario the caucus will analyze and produce recommendations to address.

In the previous legislative session, Rep. Sredzinski supported Public Act 17-175. This law requires an increased standard of maintaining fire apparatus, which is intended to provide first responders the best equipment and resources possible to effectively remedy an emergency situation.

The Fire/EMS caucus will meet on a monthly basis. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building.